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Cool damp weather slows spread of Oak Flat fire

Cool, damp weather has slowed the spread of the Oak Flat fire in Josephine County, but it's also halted efforts to reinforce fire lines by burning nearby vegetation, fire officials said.

Crews had been burning brush that remained inside the fire lines, but have stopped until things dry out later this week, officials said in a fire update posted this morning. Work to build fire lines on the north side of the blaze continues.

On Sunday, the command post for the fire moved to the Bureau of Land Management's Sprague Seed Orchard in Merlin. This location is closer to the north end of the fire and will reduce driving distances for firefighters to help make a safer, more efficient operation, officials said.

Sam Brown Campground, Forest Road 2500, also known as Taylor Creek Road, and Forest Road 2402 remain closed to the public. Only firefighters can travel there.

Winds over the fire area will be out of the west or southwest today, potentially blowing smoke into Grants Pass and northern part of Jackson County today, forecasters said.

-Staff reports